Week in Review: Dalhousie Facebook scandal; digital accuracy; win the phone game

Dear DrBicuspid Member,

Dalhousie University administrators allowed a culture of "sexism, misogyny, homophobia, and racism," according to an independent report commissioned after several fourth-year dental students made sexual Facebook posts concerning their female classmates. Read Features Editor Donna Domino's article here.

Dentists do not have to be technology geniuses to get the best out of digital tools, according to Dr. Frank Higginbottom during his presentation at the recent 2015 Academy of General Dentistry meeting in San Francisco. In the session, Dr. Higginbottom gave an overview of various digital technologies, including cone-beam CT, intraoral scanners, 3D printing, and CAD/CAM software. Read Assistant Editor Theresa Pablos' article here.

Telephone communication has been completely transformed in the past 20 years with the advent of the cellphone and voice mail. However, the phone still allows dental practices to connect with prospective patients in important ways, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.

Your financial obligations control your every move. Practice overhead is out of control and, after you finish paying your bills each month, there's not much left to put toward practice updates. You're starting to think you'll never be able to retire. In fact, if things don't turn around soon, you're honestly not sure how much longer your practice can survive. There's no question it's time to get your practice debt under control, writes practice management consultant Sally McKenzie. Read her column for some ideas as to where to start.

How technology influences every aspect of your practice is one of our ongoing themes. How has your relationship with technology evolved, both in the operatory and how you run your practice? I'd be interested in learning how it has changed how you practice.

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